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#31 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:03 PM

Relays are a combination of all of the times. Unless any of the team members had a personal best -- which as far as I've been listening and reading did not happen -- each one of them is responsible for their overall placement.


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:11 PM


Relays are a combination of all of the times. Unless any of the team members had a personal best -- which as far as I've been listening and reading did not happen -- each one of them is responsible for their overall placement.


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What I'm really looking forward to is Phelps' performance on the 100 butterfly this Friday. This will be Phelps's final individual swim of his career, so it's hard to see him losing. Still, the margin for error is very slim going against American teammate Tyler McGill and 2008 upstart Milorad Cavic. Phelps was deeply fatigued by this time of the meet in Beijing, and it took everything he had plus divine intervention to beat Cavic by 0.01 seconds then. Four years later it will be very difficult again, but I know he'll find a way to the wall first ! Posted Image

#33 Jayne

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:41 PM

I think we're seeing the grind of 12+ years of daily swimming for 6 hours - Michael Phelps' body is not made of kryptonite. He is human and swimming is a particularly difficult sport for repetitive injuries. I think NBC has put him up on a pedestal that is difficult to come down from without falling. He will probably win 2 more gold, but I don't think he'll win more than that.

I hardly call a silver medal winning performance "choking" for Ryan Lochte. If that's failure, I'd like to have a spoonful.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:11 AM

Was thrilled watching the men's team gmnastics final yesterday afternoon. I forgot to breathe during the final rotation. Well done Team GB for your bronze medal.

JUst watching on the television the atmosphere was electric - it must have been awesome to be there.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:43 AM

Was thrilled watching the men's team gmnastics final yesterday afternoon. I forgot to breathe during the final rotation. Well done Team GB for your bronze medal.

JUst watching on the television the atmosphere was electric - it must have been awesome to be there.


Oh, yes! What a final. Very happy for Team GB. My heart went out to the Ukrainians though, who ended up being pushed to 4th. Posted Image

It was an exciting night of swimming, too! The highlight for me was Nick Thoman winning silver behind his teammate Matt Grevers in the men's 100m backstorke (the 5th straight time USA has won the event, I think), who almost retired after failing to make the Olympic team in 2008.

#36 dirac

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:11 AM

I hardly call a silver medal winning performance "choking" for Ryan Lochte. If that's failure, I'd like to have a spoonful.


If I remember the pre-race predictions correctly, the US actually outperformed expectations by coming in second.

Lochte and Phelps are both in their late twenties. They're of retirement age for swimmers. Lochte has worked hard to stay in shape but he looked pooped. I suspect he has too much on his plate.

Just watching on the television the atmosphere was electric - it must have been awesome to be there


Great final.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:38 AM

Adding that the final would have been even more fun to watch if the coverage hadn't been even more aggressively Americancentric than usual. I'm sure there were some really good routines we didn't see while NBC stayed loyally with the tanking US team.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:47 AM

Adding that the final would have been even more fun to watch if the coverage hadn't been even more aggressively Americancentric than usual.


In Seattle we used to be able to watch some of the Canadian coverage of the games, and they were indeed more egalitarian -- alas, the contract went to a network we don't get through our cable provider, and we're at the mercy of NBC...

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:29 PM

That's what I understand about Canadian coverage as well, sandik. Last night NBC's coverage belatedly shifted to the British team, which at least made the podium. It would have been nice to see more of the gold medalists, but they're Chinese, so I guess NBC figures we don't want to see them.....:)

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:17 PM

In Canada, there are three channels covering the Olympics, CTV, SportsNet, and TSN, and I think every hour at least two of the three of them are covering the Olympics. The downside is that instead of showing entire events, like weightlifting, archery, judo, on one of the channels, they show just a few of each if we're lucky, and re-broadcast the abridged coverage on one of the other three channels.

Still, it's miles ahead of NBC.

McKayla Maroney's vault was one of the most beautiful things I've seen in Women's gymnastics Posted Image. Kudos to Gabrielle Douglas, the only US women to compete on four events. Her score was highest in two and second in two. Sui Lu's beam routine was stunning, too.

Lochte, who did look tired after his opening win in the 400 IM, came back strong in the first leg of the US Men's winning 4x200 Freestyle Relay. His was the second fastest time (1m45.15s) after Phelps' anchor leg (1m44.05s), and they were 3.07 seconds ahead of the silver-winning French. Yannick Agnel's anchor leg was 1m43.24s.

Congrats to Allison Schmitt on winning the 200m Freestyle with an Olympic Record! Missy Franklin missed bronze by .01. I know she already has a gold medal, but that has to hurt.

The Kazakhstan women are killing it in weightlifting so far.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:53 PM

I have a cute/funny story to tell concerning the Olympians. My daughter dances in Europe in a town where there is an excellent Olympic swim coach who trains swimmers from all over the world. She met these swimmers and became fast friends with them and the coach. On one occasion my daughter and the swimmers went out to dinner. The waiter, upon hearing all the different languages being spoken at the table, inquired as to the reason why they were living in his town. Their reply: "We are all Olympic swimmers, but xxxxx (my daughter) is a professional ballet dancer!" It seems that there was a fascination amongst the swimmers in my daughter's career. They gave her swim suits/swim caps that they wore in Beijing and from their sponsors, asked if they could try on her pointe shoes and could they come to company class with her, went with her to yoga classes and watched her performances. She was amazed that they were so fascinated in her. Her response to me: "Mom, I don't think they have a clue how much more they have accomplished in their lives than I have in mine." It has been exciting watching them in London. I watched two of her girlfriends on the Netherlands team place 2nd ahead of the US in the women's 400 freestyle relay and one of the men on the French freestyle relay upset the favored to win US team to receive the gold. They have more events to swim and I will of course be rooting for the US and for them.

#42 JMcN

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:08 AM

CONGRATULATIONS to our ladies on the pairs rowning team. What a fantastic row and our first gold too. It was such a convincing row that I didn't even have to stop breathing....

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:01 AM

Interesting article complaining that gymnastics is not enough like dance! "gymnastics adherents yearn for more classically trained, balletic athletes who could dance and express as well as they could tumble."

//www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circus/2012/07/_2012_olympics_gymnastics_female_gymnasts_used_to_be_fantastic_dancers_how_did_the_floor_exercise_get_so_graceless_.html

#44 Kathleen O'Connell

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:32 AM

Interesting article complaining that gymnastics is not enough like dance! "gymnastics adherents yearn for more classically trained, balletic athletes who could dance and express as well as they could tumble."

//www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circus/2012/07/_2012_olympics_gymnastics_female_gymnasts_used_to_be_fantastic_dancers_how_did_the_floor_exercise_get_so_graceless_.html


I just don't get the author's nostalgia for "dance" (I use the term advisedly) in women's gymnastic floor routines. These women look absolutely beautiful just doing what they do -- why impose some sort of gender-based requirement that they be graceful to music. Can the music, can the "choreography," can the shiny togs, and let them tumble full stop, just like the men.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 11:04 AM

The gender-based requirement -- among other gender-based restrictions, like the number of tumbling passes they can do -- is imposed in the scoring criteria, which require interpretation, and the basic fact that Women's floor exercise is defined as movement to music, where Men's floor exercise has no music nor requires interpretation.

It's built into the discipline. What people are bemoaning is that the judges aren't marking as if it were a requirement -- giving some gymnasts a pass on the interpretation/dance part, mostly marking strong tumblers as strongly or almost as strongly as those who meet the requirement. It's the same complaint about ballet competitions rewarding gymnastics and tricks, even if the official judging criteria includes style, interpretation, and musicality.


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